Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Full Steam Ahead for New Rail Academy at College

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Full Steam Ahead for New Rail Academy at College

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Byline: Ruth Lognonne Reporter ruth.lognonne@trinitymirror.com

A PS5M railway academy is arriving in the North East.

The green light has been given to the Newcastle College training facility, bringing the future of rail engineering to the region along with the prospect of thousands of jobs.

It will be built on land between Heworth and Pelaw in Gateshead and will provide a "once in a generation" opportunity for school leavers.

The Government has already pledged billions of pounds to improving Britain's rail infrastructure and the college says the region's rich rail heritage and engineering prowess stands it in good stead to take advantage of future job opportunities.

Deputy principal, Robin Ghurbhurun, said: "Our aim is to up-skill individuals to take advantage of jobs available in the future.

"There's a real buzz around the region's manufacturing community, what with Hitachi's con-firmed location here.

"There's also the plethora of job opportunities that will come on the back of the Government's proposed High Speed Rail project. …

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